Process Decision Program Chart (PDPC) is a decision tree that helps decision-makers to identify risks associated with the implementation of a solution to a particular problem and to explore alternative ways of countering the associated risks (Bialek, Duffy & Moran, 2009). The key benefit of PDPC is to help decision-makers identify areas that might go wrong during the implementation of a solution to a problem. Further, it enables decision-makers to develop countermeasures that can help to evade the risks involved, prior to the implementation of the solution (Bialek et al., 2009).
Recently, I came across a situation where I had to make a major decision regarding the future of my management course. My parents have a family business and they want me to become an assistant manager after completing the undergraduate management course. However, my goal has always been to advance in management course to the master’s level or beyond. After taking into account the interests of my parents and my own interests, I have decided to take up the job and engage in online learning at the same time after completing the undergraduate level. In doing so, I will need to do away with the traditional classroom learning.
Classroom learning involves taking courses offered by an education institution over the internet. In online education, the interactional mode and use and management of time and learning resources is different from the classroom education approach. When undertaking online education, I would be mainly interacting with the tutor and other students online. Lack of face-to-face interaction with the tutor is associated with the risks of lack of adequate student’s accountability (Bialek et al., 2009).
I will address the issue through practicing to stick to schedule through upholding self-discipline and establishing ways of self-motivation. Another risk is the inability to get adequate help from the tutor when in need.
When undertaking online education, chances of face-to-face interaction with other students undertaking the course will be limited. Although I can engage in online discussion with them, lack of face-to-face interaction may limit my ability to gain actual interactional skills. Despite this, I can enhance my interactional skills through positive interaction with the co-workers. With regard to time and resources, I am likely going to face challenges in time management and use of ICT resources.
There is high likelihood of procrastination, leading to poor time management. I can solve the problem through developing a study schedule and sticking to it. With regard to study resources, I am likely to face the challenge of operating some ICT media tools. I will address the issue through getting training on how to operate the relevant ICT media tools. The diagram in the appendix presents the PDPC related to my learning plan.
Bialek, R. G., Duffy, G. L. & Moran, J. W. (2009). The Public Health Quality Improvement
Handbook. WI: ASQ Quality Press
Appendix: PDPC Related to my Learning Plan